How to get the bike up on its center stand


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How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby skibump48jim » Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:37 am



Good morning, how can I put the bike on it's center stand by myself?

Thank you, Jim (skibump48jim@yahoo.com)



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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:42 am

I weigh 160 lbs and it's fairly easy for me. I put it on the side stand, then stand on the left side of the bike, push the center stand down with my right foot, then rock the bike upright onto it as I step up onto the center stand (which holds the bike upright). Then with left hand on left grip and right hand on left seat frame, pull up with right hand while standing up on the stand with right foot - it rolls easily right up onto the stand with minimal effort.

Getting off the center stand, I get on the bike, put the side stand down (just in case), both hands on both grips. Pull back on both grips to gently rock the bike backwards, then as it starts to rock forwards on its own, give it a genly push forwards to help it along. As soon as it goes "past the point of no return" I get on the front brake, and ease it down the rest of the way gently. Very easy to do.

Here's a video demonstrating putting it up on its stand - it shows a GL1800, but the technique is identical:





This is a video I made a while back showing the same technique:




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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby dwallace » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:23 pm

Sir,
I have an 84 Aspencade that is very difficult to put on the center stand by myself. I solved the problem by putting a 2x12 board in between the front and back tire and push the bike up on the board with the back tire resting on the board. From there I can put my foot on the pedal of the center stand and my right hand on the passenger hadrail and push down while pulling back on the left handlebar grip and pulling up on the passenger handrail. It goes up quite easily as the extra height you get from the board get the bike past that center point where the bike is so heavy.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby kamirider » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:05 pm

I find that rocking the bike once or twice helps to get it up. [push down on the center stand release than step down again]

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby giffen49 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:11 pm

I was having problems also with this issue. Just tried the 2X12 technique and it worked great. With my bad back I found this the easiest way to get the1983 Aspencade on the center stand. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby abrigo60 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:36 am

Thanks guys,
I thought that I was getting too weak in my ""older" age. Will try the 2 inch trick.
John

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby lobabooby » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:23 am

The two inch board just ahead of the rear tire. makes it easier for everyone !... wont even attempt it any other way.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby IronMike » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:51 am

Howdy all,

Having 5 herniated disks, I always look for the most labor and back saving way to do things. I fixed up a dual purpose tool for getting my GL1000 up on the center stand. I took a 8 inch 2 x 4 and set it up on the 2 inch side, used a scrap of 1/2 inch plywood that was 15 inches long (it just happened that the scrap of plywood was 8 inches wide, so I adjusted the 2 x 4 to match....) and screwed it on top of the 2 x 4 making the ramp about 4 inches tall and 15 inches long. I pull my 'wings back tire up on it, put my left foot on the center stand and it virtually sets itself up on the stand with very little effort on my part (I think my right hand has the most work out in this process). The 15 inch long ramp fits pretty well under the bike, but you have to make sure the lever part of the center stand does not catch the edge of the ramp, or it won't do the job.

Oh yeah, and the second purpose of my handy dandy ramp. I found out that if it is left lying on the garage floor, it just the right place, it keeps the wife from running the Accord into my tool box.

I live by an old Irish proverb - I'd rather be lucky than good anytime, because good is way too hard ;-)

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby garyra8668 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:19 pm

i air up the shocks to get the bike higher. i have air adjustable shocks in both front and rear. letting the air out also helps me to back the bike up while i am on it, since i have short legs.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby Victour78 » Tue May 04, 2010 11:55 am

I don't know why they did this but the 750 and CBX was not like this.. the legs are too long to rock the bike up on the stand..My 1000 that is.. That is why the 2xX works so well I thought someone had put on a smaller back wheel.. nope.. I want to cut about 1" off the legs of the stand which I feel will solve this problem for sure..when the stand is touching the ground it is almost flat not allowing any lift.. See what happens..

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby MIKEB13US » Mon May 31, 2010 6:55 pm

Thanks again fellows ,
This 1 with the 2x12 works great for Me and My 1100 It wasn't a big deal 20yrs ago,
but then again alot of things weren't.... :lol:
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You can spend it anyway you wish,
But, you can spend it only once...............
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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby Corkster52 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:18 pm

I am going to have to try the lumber idea. I even had the wife holding the right handlebar grip while I struggled from the left and finally got the 1500 up there. What a pain!

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby graykoa » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:49 pm

You make it look TOO easy. I always break into a sweat and have to pull up like h***.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:21 pm

It is easy! :) Bring it up slowly from the sidestand as you bring the center stand down, keep enough pressure on the center stand to make sure the bike stays upright. As long as you keep pressure on it, it's not going anywhere. Then just gently step up on the center stand as you pull up on the passenger rail, and it comes right up. If you're nervous it's going to go over, have someone stand on the other side of the bike the first few times to push it back toward you should it start to go over.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby Corkster52 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:21 pm

Okay, so I took your suggestion and did it.....but it one heck of a pull for an old geezer like me to get it there! :oops:

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby colemadad » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:33 am

I'm a pretty big guy so I don't find getting my 1100 up on the centre stand a big deal (once I got the mechanics down) but if there is a secret beyond brute strength I think it lies in letting your legs do the pushing rather than the arms doing the pulling. When I'm putting my bike on the stand I put by right foot on the left side of the centre stand and my right hand on the left saddle bag crash bar and using a lot of leg and very little arm she just pops up onto the stand with minimal effort. Good luck!

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby starfleetengineer » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:42 am

I am fairly big myself at 190 lbs. But I have to tell ya. Putting my 84 Interstate on the ctr. stand about killed me. I still have a sore lower back from the deal. I will try the 2x12 trick and see if it helps. To get the bike down was a trick in it's self! My bike almost ballances on the stand so trying to rock it off just wasn't working. I noticed that The back wheel seamed to have traction, so I put it in gear and drove right off the stand. Now take in mind the was on dirt. But if I have my wife on the back, this should add the extra weight I need to drive off the stand every time. I didn't have a ballance issue while moving off the stand. She just glided right down like a B17 coming in for landing.
How many times do I have to tell ya,,, The right tool for the right job!

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby mkmurry » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:52 pm

I have no problem getting the wing on the center stand, but found out the hard way to watch where I put it. The bike slid off the metal plate I put under it for washing the bike. With the ground wet, fought for over 10 minutes to get it off the center stand as it had sank into the ground. Had to put down the side stand and literally tilt it back upon the metal plate.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby Corkster52 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:37 pm

I am starting to get a little better at it, but it is still quite a chore.

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby starfleetengineer » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:24 pm

I'm 185 to 190 lbs. I have found putting my 84 1200I on it's ctr. stand is not for me. Twice now I have put my back out. My # 1 and 2 vertabra keep going out and them swell around my spinal cord. But to get back to the ctr. stand. I have tried without the 2x4 with the air ride up and down. I have tried with the 2x4 and air ride up and down.... Well it's not working! And when I do get it up on the stand, it takes forever to get it back off. Except for one time when it sank in the ground and then I could drive it right off. I'm up for any other tricks or tips, as long as I don't put my back out again. My wife is small so her help won't help..lol
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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:23 pm

It's really so easy to do...I don't understand why so many people have problems with it. This is a short video I made a few months ago showing the correct technique:




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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby starfleetengineer » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:19 pm

Well... That is how I did it. But mine never went that smooth nor was it that easy. I put my entire weight into pushing on the ctr. stand and pulling with my right on the grab bar. Now, I can pick up a couple 100 lbs. And my legs are quite strong. It's just the part in the middle that can't put up with it anymore. I will try it again and see what happens.
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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:36 am

I'm 270 and the bike jumps up there when I step on that poor stand lever, eat more taco's.. :lol: No.. really I was messing with this and realized my poor foot hurts after stepping down on it so I put a piece of 3/4 "plywood over the top of the stand lever so I could step down on something larger wider and flater, it helped my foot alot, 16" x 10" peice or so with one side to the floor and the other on top of lever and just follow the normal process..2x6,2x8, 2x10,2x12 will all work I bet..try it you might like it just another idea.. :D
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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:15 pm

That's a good point - a stiff-soled shoe or boot makes a big difference. I tried doing it in my sock feet once - but never again. Ow!

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Re: How to get the bike up on its center stand

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:25 pm

I just tried it again with a piece of plywood 16" x 24" and I could place both feet over on it and it goes up a whole lot easier...Now a guy or girl could do it with no shoes on if they wanted.. :D




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